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G. Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love” in the Lanckorona Market Square

On 9 September 2017, on a beautiful day that heralded the end of summer, the Krakow Opera staged Gaetano Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love” in the Lanckorona Market Square. The libretto of the opera played perfectly against the backdrop of the idyllic landscape and the picturesque market square, which served both as the stage and the auditorium for the crowd of spectators. This undertaking was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Krakow Province, among others. Alongside the Krakow Opera, the organisers included the Terra Artis Society and the Commune of Lanckorona. 

As the Head of the Lanckorona Commune, Tadeusz Łopata, stated: this was the first opera performance in this lovely spot, giving cause for celebration to the entire commune. Lanckorona is one of the most beautiful spots in Lesser Poland, and the opera’s libretto magnificently complimented the scenery of the delightful market square. The phenomenon had been noted by the renowned Krakow poet Bronisław Maj, whose poem composed for the occasion places the plot of the opera in Lanckorona’s setting. The nonameter poem written specifically for this event was spectacularly delivered by the author himself and by Leszek Mikos, the President of the Terra Artis Society and a champion and advocate of the beauty of Lanckorona and its surroundings, who sung some of the lines.

Before the performance, the viewers could taste some of the local delicacies prepared by the farmers’ wives’ associations, among others. The performance had an audience of about 2 thousand, eagerly applauding the signature solo arias and choir parts. The main parts of Adina and Nemorino were played by Iwona Socha and Andrzej Lampert. We saw Monika Korybalska in the role of Gianetta, and Michał Kutnik as sergeant Belcore. Dulcamara — Przemysław Firek — was the trader in the titular elixir of love. The soloists were supported by the Ballet, Choir, and Orchestra of the Krakow Opera conducted by Evgeny Volynskiy. The artists sung and rendered this amusing story of troubled love brilliantly. 

The artistic direction of the performance rested on: Bogusław Nowak, Ryszard Melliwa, Bożena Pędziwiatr, Dariusz Pawelec, and Magdalena Kut. Its visual aspect was overseen by Kazimierz Wiśniak — the patriarch of Krakow set designers, whose painting copies adorned the stage.

The performance was very well received by the audience, who spared no effort applauding the artists and giving them a standing ovation. The Head of the Lanckorona Commune wished the Krakow Opera to keep returning to this exquisite locale. 

The project has been carried out with the financial support of the Krakow Province.